Jack Wilshere believes the strong bond among the Arsenal squad is having a major effect on their performances.

The Gunners are two points clear at the top of the Premier League and also at the summit of their Champions League group.

Sometimes you just want to get away from football, you want to sit down and talk about life, your family and things like that

Jack Wilshere

Wilshere says their impressive form this season is linked to how well they get on in the dressing room.

“It [our team spirit] is massive,” he told Arsenal.com. “We've been out a few times. We didn't do it for a couple of years but over the last six months we go out for team dinners and we meet up outside of football, which is good for the team.

“Sometimes you just want to get away from football, you want to sit down and talk about life, your family and things like that. We've been doing that this season and it's really showing on the pitch.

“We've done really well this season and towards the end of last season; I think the team spirit plays a massive part in that.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 14 Nov 2013